Our first full day in Kuala Lumpur and we were so close to Chinatown that exploring was easy. Petaling Street is where you can find all the Chinese remedy shops and cheap cheap trainers and clothes. There were also loads of cheap restaurants dotted around. We decided to head off to the Indian embassy to organise our India visa, and once we had finally found the embassy in a taxi we realised we were in the wrong place. Walking back to the city centre from there was a lot more complicated when we imagined, especially when we were told we were in the south west part of the city, and we had thought we were north east. We visited the bird park as we were in the area hoping that it would have more to offer than the Gili Meno bird park. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it had the world's largest walk in Avery and we spent a good couple of hours wondering around. Afterwards we strolled back through the sculpture gardens and saw the National monument.
In our hostel we met a couple called Ria and Sam from Stanford and we managed a great night out with them in the local Reggae bar.
The second day we went along to Petronas Towers which were awesome although we didn't have the heart to queue at 7am for tickets to go up them so we enjoyed them from the ground. We also submitted our India visas on the same day where we were told they would not be ready for at least 5 working days which gave us even more time to kill in the city.
On the Friday evening our hostel hosted a free BBQ evening up on the roof terrace. Our mild evening ended up being rather drunken thanks to the bottle of Arak (40% rice wine) we managed to sink in a matter of hours.
One of the guys who runs the hostel introduced us to Jo Jo his pet monkey while we were there as well and he brought him out for us to have a cuddle. He rescued the monkey from a Chinese shop where he had been bred to eat, so was sold for 600 ringgit. He was so beautiful and cuddly.
We arrived into Kuala Lumpur without having booked anywhere to stay again, so we headed towards Chinatown in a taxi where we looked for the cheapest hostel we had found (30 ringgit a night). We found the Backpackers Traveller's Inn and took a 'basic' room. It was like being in a prison cell, but with less space. There was literally room for the double bed and the fan. Next day we went instead to Wheeler's Guest House where for the same price there was a little extra room, better decor and cleaner. Little did we know we would be spending the next week in the same place.